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Catch these Chicago art exhibits and more

It’s surprising how much sightseeing you can squeeze into a quick trip to the Windy City, even if you’re visiting mainly for business.

During breaks from a recent conference, I viewed special exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center, did some window-shopping and people-watching and strolled through Millennium Park with its intriguing public art installations.

Breezing past the storied pair of lions guarding the art institute entrance, I caught the special exhibit, “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,” which showcases 300 of the Hungarian-born artist’s multimedia works, including painting, photography, film and sculpture. What a versatile artist he was!

A pioneer of abstraction for the industrial age, Moholy, as he was known, was prominent in the German Bauhaus movement before settling in Chicago and launching its Bauhaus art school. He insisted that art must be developed from the materials of the time — in his case, recorded sound, photography, film and synthetic plastics. And he believed it can gain fresh meaning with a change in size or even reorientation, reverse printing or a shift in lighting — all illustrated in the current exhibition, which runs through Jan. 3.

The first two photos (above and below) are from the Moholy-Nagy exhibit (“Light-Space Modulator” and a Plexiglas sculpture with several paintings), followed by two of my favorite works in the Chicago museum’s permanent collection, Chagall’s “America Windows” and a seated Buddha.

Next, the Chicago “Bean,” formally known as “Cloud,”  caught my eye at twilight.

My last two photos are of the Victorian-era, Healy-Millet stained glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (free admission) and a current exhibit, “Parsons & Charlesworth: Spectacular Vernacular” which has been extended through Jan. 22. (Check for holiday week closings).

For details: www.artic.edu,


and http://www.choosechicago.com/

@artinstitutechi @choosechicago





Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Lakeland Boating, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide." She also writes for websites including cruisecritic.com, gardendestinations.com and travelingmom.com.